Arts & Life


The Big Earthquake
9:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

McGinn In DC Talking Coal, New Music And The Big Earthquake

The Cadillac Hotel in Seattle suffered severe damage in the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake. Experts think even bigger quakes could be on the way for the Northwest.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

 McGinn Testifies About Coal Exports In Washington DC
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a panel entitled U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory Market and Legal Barriers to Export." Seattle mayor Mike McGinn is in Washington DC testifying. KUOW's Ashley Ahearn reports on the latest.

Worth Listening To: A Music Recommendation
Are you stuck in a music listening rut?  We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! New music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. This time Seattle Weekly classical music writer Gavin Borchert recommends Seattle musician Hope Wechkin.

Anticipating The Big Northwest  Earthquake
There was a time, 90 years ago when the Puget Sound area was declared “earthquake-proof” by a prominent geologist. As scientists have continued to study the Northwest, however, they’ve come to realize that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. This area is in fact prone to not just earthquakes, but mega-quakes too. Sandi Doughton, science reporter for The Seattle Times explains what scientists know about the “the big one" that is due to strike the region.

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History and Memory
1:12 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Seattle's Tiny Statue Of Liberty

Seattle's tiny Statue of Liberty stands watch over Alki Beach

Seattle's Tiny Statue Of Liberty

Out on Alki Beach in West Seattle is a statue. It’s called the Statue Of Liberty. It's a replica of the one in New York Harbor. Only this one is tiny, about six feet tall. It was part of a national Boy Scout campaign to erect statues like this across the country: a campaign called "Strengthening The Arm Of Liberty."

The original Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor symbolized America's freedom from colonial powers and its friendship with France. Over the years immigrants passing the statue on the way to Ellis Island adopted the statue as a sort of patron saint, and the famous quote "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" was eventually added to the statue's base.

By the time Seattle's Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1952, its meaning had changed yet again. Liberty was no longer a revolutionary idea. It was something old and familiar, a sign of stability in a time of great social and political instability.

You can get a sense of that instability from this 1951 newsreel. We sampled it in today's story:

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 17:

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Book Soundtrack
11:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Author Collaborates With Decemberists Offshoot Black Prairie

The band Black Prairie collaborated with author Jon Mooallem to create a soundtrack for his book "Wild Ones."
Flickr Photo/David Lee

The New York Times and Slate Magazine journalist Jon Mooallem is the author of "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America." Mooallem collaborated with the Portland-based band Black Prairie to create a soundtrack for the book. David Hyde talks to Mooallen about the ever-worsening fate of polar bears, and then Black Prairie provides the musical backdrop with a live, in-studio performance.

Costs of Medical Malpractice
10:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Medical Malpractice, And David Armstrong

Flickr Photo/ernstl

Medical Malpractice
Medical professionals occasionally make mistakes. Other times, a patient believes a mistake has been made. Both scenarios lead to lawsuits. What's it like for a doctor sued by a patient? What advice do lawyers give to doctors who have made a mistake? Are medical lawsuits elevating the cost of medical care in the United States? Phil deMaine and retired doctor Jim deMaine talk about the costs of medical malpractice.

How "Hairspray" Changed 5th Avenue Theatre
It’s been a decade since Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre launched the musical “Hairspray.”  It went on to win Broadway’s highest honor, the Tony award. How did that experience change the 5th Avenue? Artistic director David Armstrong explains how one big hit can transform a regional arts organization.

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Books And An Eco-Friendly Summer
9:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

This Week In Olympia, EcoConsumers And Colum McCann

Colum McCann's book "TransAtlantic."

This Week In Olympia
Budget talks between state lawmakers have reached into a second special legislative session. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening this week in Olympia.

An Ecologically Responsible Summer
Ah, summer. Fire up the grill. Mow the lawn. Sprinkle the garden. Breathe in the AC. Wait! Is there a way to do all this in an ecologically friendly way? We get advice from Tom Watson, EcoConsumer.

"TransAtlantic" Author Colum McCann
Bestselling author Colum McCann talks about his new novel "TransAtlantic."

Aisha Tyler Interview
11:50 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Comedian Aisha Tyler On Talk Shows, Comedy And More!

Many people dream of having one successful career, but it’s not enough for comedian Aisha Tyler! She’s an actor, comedian, writer and co-host of the hit CBS daytime talk show "The Talk." Aisha also voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s edgy hit comedy "Archer." She is the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast “Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler,” a show about stuff guys love. Aisha talks to David Hyde about her new book and her ongoing stand-up career.

Stage Fright Help
11:43 am
Fri June 14, 2013

UW Lecturer Offers Tips On Public Speaking

Flickr Photo/Will Marlow

Recently, billionaire Warren Buffett confessed that he used to be terrified of public speaking. In college he avoided registering for classes that involved speaking in front of the class. Maybe you share this problem with Warren Buffet. David Hyde talks speaking tips with University of Washington lecturer Matt McGarrity, who started speaking for college radio audiences at age 13. Now he’s director of the University of Washington Speaking Center. His new online course will reach students from the UW campus to India and Madagascar. 

Dear Dad
9:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Don't Patent Human Genes, Scientific Awards And Letters From Fathers

This letter from Paul Stetler's father inspired his own epistle to his son which also led to the play "Dear Dad."
Courtesy of Paul Stetler

Don't Patent Human Genes
In a unanimous vote the United State Supreme Court has said you may not patent human genes. The biotech company Myriad Genetics patented BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, the genes that have been found to be linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Mary-Claire King first found evidence of the existence of the BRCA 1 gene while working at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. King will explain what the Supreme Court’s decision means for the science and research community.   

Science News, It's Not Just Nobel Anymore
Many have heard of the Nobel Prize, but it is no longer the only big prize scientist receive. There has been a rise in scientific awards that come with a million dollar bonus. Science journalist Zeeya Merali explains how these new awards can benefit and hurt the scientific community.

Letters From Famous Fathers
What would you put in a letter to your son or daughter? How do you transcend the moment and pen words of advice or love that they can carry with them all their lives? Paul Stetler asked himself those question when he sat down to write a letter to his son. He was inspired by a letter his dad had written to him years ago. It became the subject of a new play Stetler has curated called "Dear Dad." The play features the intimate letters of famous American fathers, from John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to John Steinbeck and Jackson Pollock.  

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Unlikely Adoption
4:05 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Northwest Scientist Discovers Unlikely Father

Lissa Ongman hugs her dad a few months before his death in 2007.
Credit Gudrun Ongman

There are lots of great dads out there. Not all of them are human. Lissa Ongman is an animal scientist who grew up in Woodinville, Wash. She's known two great models of fatherhood in her life. One was her own dad. The other came from a place she never expected.

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Children's Literature
2:33 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Maurice Sendak: The Lost Interview, And Conclusion Of Trafficking Series

In "Outside Over There," a baby is kidnapped by strange goblin-like creatures and replaced with an ice baby.
Credit Harper Collins

Children's book author Maurice Sendak is a kind of father figure for many of us. He had a profound sympathy for children and never belittled their emotions. He daylit their anxieties and coaxed them into poetic form in books like Where the Wild Things Are, In The Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There (a book that frightens many adults).

In 2009, a pair of Newsweek reporters interviewed an 81-year-old Sendak. The result was a good article. But the interview itself never aired, so we're playing it on KUOW today. There's an animated version, too:

Other Content:

  • Today, we concluded the WGBH series on Human Trafficking. Noel Gomez is a local activist trying to end sex trafficking here in Seattle. She's the founder of the Organization Of Prostitution Survivors. She told us two stories back in 2010:

Noel Gomez On How I Got Into Prostitution
Noel Gomez On How I Escaped My Pimp And Left The Life

Other stories on KUOW Presents, June 13:

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Gay Boy Scouts
11:12 am
Thu June 13, 2013

NW Churches Grapple With Boy Scouts’ OK To Gay Members

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Since the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban against gay youth members in May, a handful of churches around the Puget Sound area have decided to cut ties with the organization. Meanwhile, some churches have indicated they are awaiting guidance from national leadership before they make any changes to their existing charters with Scouting units.

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Commencement Speeches
10:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Myths Of Sex Trafficking, Tom Doelger And Radio Retrospective

Tom Doegler's book "On Occassion."

Understanding The Facts Behind Human Trafficking
Is Seattle the number one place for sex trafficking in the country? Is Washington state third in the country? That’s what some people are hearing. Facts and figures are used to inform the public and lawmakers about human trafficking but misinformation can be passed on as well. KUOW’s Sara Lerner joins us to explain how we get the right and wrong information about human trafficking.

Reflections On Commencement
Seattle’s Tom Doelger has been teaching English to high school students at Lakeside School since 1985.  This time of year he’s often called on to speak to graduating students and their families. Doegler's reflections on life’s crossroads are always drawn from his own personal experiences. Doegler's path to teaching was an unlikely one. He underwent a jarring life transition as he moved from the glamorous world of 1970s Aspen, Colo. ski patrol to a job teaching writing to middle schoolers. Doelger speaks with KUOW’s Dave Beck about his book “On Occasion: Tom Doelger Speaks.”

The Woman Behind “Let’s Pretend”
There weren’t a lot of female directors during the Golden Age of Radio. Nila Mack was one of the few who earned herself an office on the 14th floor of CBS beside Edward R. Murrow. 

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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Public Art
9:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Art Of Our City, And Dan Savage

Dan Savage's book "American Savage," photo by © LaRae Lobdell

Art Of Our City
You may not know his name, but you’ve probably seen Seattle-based artist Buster Simpson’s work.  On First Avenue, you’ll find a couple of stone benches made by Simpson more than three decades ago, partly so the Belltown homeless people would have a place to sit.  He’s installed some creative downspouts on buildings on Belltown’s Vine Street, part of an unrealized project that would crack open the asphalt that covers the street and turn Vine into a green belt that runs into Elliot Bay.  Buster Simpson almost always works in public, and almost always addresses issues that affect our natural and built environment.  The Frye Museum has mounted a 40 year retrospective.  It’s called “Buster Simpson: Surveyor.”

Dan Savage On Faith, Sex, Love And Politics
Dan Savage is an author, activist and nationally syndicated columnist. He writes the weekly “Savage Love” column and hosts Savage Lovecast, one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller launched the It Gets Better online video project to help LGBT teens. In his latest book “American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics,” he explores issues such as health care, gun control, marriage equality and more. 

Seattle Fishing Fleet
11:30 am
Wed June 12, 2013

What Is It Like To Be A Northwest Fisherwoman?

Grab your Grundens, kick the tires and light the fires: the Alaskan summer fishing season is about to start.
Flickr Photo/jacobC

 Fisherman’s Wharf is bustling as boats gear up for the fishing season in Alaska. Hannah Burn talks to fisherwoman Allison Barrett about what it’s like being a woman in this male dominated field.

First Edition Of Getting Fresh
11:06 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Getting Fresh With Sheryl: How To Cook With Scape

Ever come across an unfamiliar item at a farmers market? Sheryl Wiser offers her advice on getting adventurous in a farmers market.
Flickr Photo/ilovebutter

 Have you ever wandered through a farmers market and found yourself staring at a beautiful vegetable and thought, “Man, I have zero idea what that is.” If so, it’s time to pull out a pad and paper. David Hyde kicks off a brand new segment called "Getting Fresh with Ross and Sheryl" featuring Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition and manager of the Puget Sound Fresh program.